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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The long-awaited collaboration between two icons, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the '60s when his band was more popular and better known than it ever was, even in the big-band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career. Propelled by the irresistible drums of Sonny Payne, Sinatra careens up to and around the tunes, reacting jauntily to the beat and encouraging Payne to swing even harder, which was exactly the way to interact with the Basie rhythm machine -- using his exquisite timing ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The long-awaited collaboration between two icons, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the '60s when his band was more popular and better known than it ever was, even in the big-band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career. Propelled by the irresistible drums of Sonny Payne, Sinatra careens up to and around the tunes, reacting jauntily to the beat and encouraging Payne to swing even harder, which was exactly the way to interact with the Basie rhythm machine -- using his exquisite timing flawlessly. Also, the members of the Basie band play a more prominent role than usual on these two Sinatra records (originally released as Sinatra-Basie and It Might as Well Be Swing), with soloists like Frank Wess -- in some of the finest flute work of his life -- and tenors Frank Foster and Eric Dixon getting prominent solo opportunities on several of the tracks. The music was criticized by some as a letdown when it came out, probably because the charts of Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones rarely permit the band to roar, concentrating on use of subtlety and space. Yet its restraint has worn very well over the long haul. It doesn't beat you into submission, and the treatment of these standards is wonderfully playful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072331525
  • Catalog Number: 33152
  • Sales rank: 29,098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pennies from Heaven - Count Basie Band (3:28)
  2. 2 Please Be Kind - Count Basie Band (2:41)
  3. 3 (Love Is) The Tender Trap - Count Basie Band (2:35)
  4. 4 Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses - Count Basie Band (2:29)
  5. 5 My Kind of Girl - Count Basie Band (4:35)
  6. 6 I Only Have Eyes for You - Count Basie Band (3:29)
  7. 7 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Count Basie Band (2:35)
  8. 8 Learnin' the Blues - Count Basie Band (4:24)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) - Count Basie Band (2:34)
  10. 10 I Won't Dance - Count Basie Band (4:08)
  11. 11 Fly Me to the Moon - Count Basie Orchestra (2:28)
  12. 12 I Wish You Love - Count Basie Orchestra (2:53)
  13. 13 I Believe in You - Count Basie Orchestra (2:20)
  14. 14 More (Theme from Mondo Cane) - Count Basie Orchestra (3:03)
  15. 15 I Can't Stop Loving You - Count Basie Orchestra (3:00)
  16. 16 Hello, Dolly! - Count Basie Orchestra (2:44)
  17. 17 I Wanna Be Around - Count Basie Orchestra (2:20)
  18. 18 The Best Is Yet to Come - Count Basie Orchestra (2:54)
  19. 19 The Good Life - Count Basie Orchestra (2:27)
  20. 20 Wives and Lovers - Count Basie Orchestra (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Frank Sinatra Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Quincy Jones Conductor
Thad Jones Trumpet
Grover Mitchell Trombone
Marshall Royal Reeds, Saxophone
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Neal Hefti Conductor
Al Aarons Trumpet
Al Porcino Trumpet
Israel Baker Violin
Thelma Beach Violin
Buddy Catlett Bass
Henderson Chambers Trombone
George Cohn Trumpet
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Eric Dixon Reeds, Saxophone
Bonnie Douglas Violin
Frank Foster Reeds, Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Reeds, Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Jimmy Getsoff Violin
Bill Hughes Trombone
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Erno Neufeld Violin
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Don Rader Trumpet
Lou Raderman Violin
Emil Richards Vibes
Paul Robyn Viola
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Paul Shure Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
Gerald Vinci Violin
Rufus Wagner Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Reeds, Saxophone
Ann Goodman Cello
Stan Harris Viola
Albert Aarons Trumpet
F.P. Ricard Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger
Burt Bacharach Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sonny Burke Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Hal David Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Larry Walsh Engineer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Stan Cornyn Liner Notes
Joel Whitburn Source Material
Arthur Johnston Composer
Joe Young Composer
Delores Vicki Silvers Composer
Charles Pignone Producer
Hal Gaba Executive Producer
Bart Howard Composer
Robin Douglas-Home Liner Notes
McHugh Composer
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